Hello Kitty art, Estate: Freeloader Friday

It's a weird week for Freeloader Friday. We've got art that combines classic paintings with Hello Kitty, balloons propelled by live houseflies, and several music gigs featuring psychedelic rock. For a less strange experience, check out events featuring poetry jams,  an awesome group show at the Soap Factory, and a kid-friendly Harry Potter-themed party. Still not seeing something you want to do? We've got tons more after the jump.

[jump] FRIDAY:

Leslie Holt: Hello Masterpiece
(Burnet Gallery, The Chambers (901 Hennepin Ave.), Minneapolis, 612.767.6999,

Leslie Holt takes classic paintings and inserts Hello Kitty. It's bite-sized art that is as adorable as it is thought-provoking. Grab a cocktail and check it out at the opening reception from 6-9 p.m.

Harry Potter Movie Release Party
(St. Paul Central Library, 90 W. 4th St., St. Paul, 651.266.7000,

This one is for the kiddies (and kids at heart). Take in a screening of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, test your knowledge of Potter-lore with trivia questions, win prizes, and snack on popcorn. 2-5 p.m.

Maudlin, Middlepicker, the Desert Vest, Cashin' Brown
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

10 p.m.

The Cloud Hymn, Frank Schweikhardt
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Folk, indie, rock. 9:30 p.m.

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Blake Thomas
(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)

Country, folk. 9 p.m.

Hawks & Oxen, Kitty Rhombus, the Great Confinement
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Psychedelic. 10 p.m.

Open Door 6
(Rosalux Gallery, 1224 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.747.3942,

Group show. The opening reception is from 7-11 p.m.

Birthday Suits, Pure Country Gold, Ramma Lamma, Les Deux Magots
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Rock, garage rock, punk. 21+. 10 p.m.

soft chaos
(Soo Visual Arts Center, 2638 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.871.2263,

This interactive installation by David Bowen features small blimps powered by houseflies. No, really. The opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m.

(Red Stag, 509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis)

Electro, synth. 10:30pm

Festival Sale and World Relief
(Hennepin Technical College, 9000 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park, 952.995.1300,

Featuring Amish and Mennonite quilts, woodcrafts, artwork, bake sale, children's activities, and fairly-traded handicrafts from Ten Thousand Villages. All proceeds go to the Mennonite Central Committee. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Volunteer Biennial: A Very Much More
(The Soap Factory, 518 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.623.9176,

Featuring new work by Roxanne Jackson, Vena Ambrose, Tim Carroll, and others. The opening reception is from 7 to 11 p.m.

Lowertown Reading Jam
(Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651.228.9274,

Poetry from artist and poet Matthew Rucker. 7 p.m.

Strangelights, Still Pacific, John Miller
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Psychedelic, rock. 10 p.m.
The Band Band, Nick Haas Trio
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

Jazz, rock, tribute to the Band. 10 p.m.


Peace & Harmony
(Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.870.3131,

Print your own Tibetan flag, take a yoga class, or get some tips on creating art that is more balanced. This event is intended for both children and adults. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

I Do Redo Sale & Bridal Expo
(Embassy Suites Bloomington, 2800 W. 80th St., Bloomington, 952.884.4811)

Getting married? This event features new and used dresses, accessories, local Twin Cities wedding vendors, and more. DISCLAIMER: This event is $5 at the door. To get in for free, register at Noon to 4 p.m.

Upper Midwest Bakery Association Ultimate Cake Decorating Contest
(Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington, 952.883.8800,

Birthday and wedding cake competition. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.